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post #1 of 6 Old 12-22-2018, 06:25 AM Thread Starter
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Plane identification

Can any of you guys tell me any thing about the plane in the attached pictures?

It has 43 32 written near the back handle. Made in USA near the front and 1000 on the bit that holds the blade in
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I have never seen a plane with such an open mouth. I'd like to know more about its purpose too.

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Canít help with identification, but Lie-Nielsen makes a similar plane, itís called a butt mortise plane for mortising hinges and such.

https://www.lie-nielsen.com/product/...lane?node=4076


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Thanks very much for your help. Following on from your info I have established that it is a T S Wheeler. This one and a few others were my grandfather's who had passed them on to my father. I've sold most of them just this one and a unbranded no 4 plane to go
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Facinating

Here is a link to description and use of the Butt Mortise plane. The wide mouth is to provide clear view of mortise being cleared with blade.

Let us know if you ever determine manufacturer of your plane. Looks useful.


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Filling in the Gaps

The plane is most likely a T.S. Wheeler Co. Butt Mortise plane c.1950's.

Based on a patent issued to Wilbert A. Dohmeyer (2,579,911 in 1951), this plane was manufactured by R.M.RUMBOLD Co. in Thorton, Illinois and by T.S.WHEELER Co. The Wheeler version is distinguished by an incised groove around the center of both knobs. Rumbold blades were never stamped with a trademark.. Both Rumbold and Wheeler were in the Chicago area. In the early 50's Thomas Lie-Nielsen purchased the rights and all the tooling for the Rumbold plane and made a nearly exact duplicate of this one called the No.40B Butt Mortise Plane which are still sold today.

The Butt Mortise Plane will help you cut neat, precise mortises for hinges, lock fronts, and strike plates in a fraction of the time it takes to set up an electric router and template. The elongated slot in front of the blade provides a clear view of the work. The plane allows for precise mortises with a uniform depth.

It does not appear Stanley ever produced such a plane with the Stanley router planes being capable of filling the same need.
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